Visit Us at the Denver County Fair

The Denver County Fair is here! The dates are July 29th, 30th and 31st. Visit the Denver County Fair website for more details and tickets. Expect this fair to be creative, crazy and unorthodox. Accurately stated on their website, they describe themselves as such:

“Today, Denver is a progressive, bustling metropolis, forging a reputation as “the new creative capital.” So expect us to do things differently than the fairs that were established last century, or the century before. We are new, we are urban and we are still pioneers!”

Wardle Feed and Pet Supply will have a booth set up all weekend. Come visit us and participate in our events, with a chance to win big!!

Happenings at the Wardle Feed booth:

Chicken Coop Raffle!!

Wardle Feed and Pet Supply will be raffling off one of our most unique chicken coops, the teepee. Tickets are $5 each and there is no limit on the number purchased.

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Win a $5 gift card!!

Play our guessing game to win a $5 gift card to be used at Wardle Feed and Pet Supply.

Limited Supply. First come, first served.

Live rabbits for sale!!

We will have Standard Rex, Holland Lop, and Dwarf Hotots. Doe and buck available. Come down to browse or buy.

10 lb bags of rabbit food will be available for purchase, $6 each.

Complete, 5 piece rabbit cage also will be available for purchase, $99.

Free dog food samples!!

Check the premium dog food brands that we sell and take home some free samples.

Chicken health and treat display!!

We will be displaying several health products for keeping your chickens coops clean and their digestion healthy.

Also we will be showing several different healthy treats that you can give your chickens to keep them happy.

See you all there!!!!!

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Taste of the Wild Promotion

Until August 22, 2016 get any the following 30 lbs bags of Taste of the Wild® dog food for only $44.95 each:

Sierra Mountain Canine® Formula with Roasted Lamb, grain free

Sierra Mountain Canine® Formula with Roasted Lamb

 

High Prairie Canine® Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison, grain free

High Prairie Canine® Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison

 

Pacific Stream Canine® Formula with Smoked Salmon, grain free

Pacific Stream Canine® Formula with Smoked Salmon

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Chicken Feed Markdown!

Dear Poultry Owner-

As a thank you for your continued business, we have marked down our two biggest chicken feed sellers: Manna Pro® Egg Maker Pellet and Egg Maker Crumble.

Egg Maker® is a quality chicken feed. With calcium for strong egg shells and vitamins and minerals for healthy egg production, this feed is ideal for egg laying poultry breeds. It includes the proper amount of protein, fiber, and fat for your hens. When feeding Egg Maker®, you can rest assured that your chickens are eating a complete and balanced diet.

Right now, get 50 lbs for only $13.89! Call or visit today!

Thanks,

Wardle Feed

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Poultry Stocked Now!

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Baby chicks, pullets, and quail stocked NOW. Get ’em while they’re here!

Polish chicks in stock now. Visit us soon, before the best breeds are gone!

Baby chicks

  • Age: 1 week to 12 weeks old
  • Price: $3.99 to $12 each depending on age
  • Breeds: Polish, Gold and Silver Wyandotte, Rhode Island Reds and Whites, Cuckoo Maran, Americauna, Buff Orpington, Australorp, Cochin, Welsummer, Barred Rock, Brown and White Leghorn, Dominique, Brahma, Black Sex Link

Pullets

  • Age: 12 weeks to 1 year old
  • Price: $25
  • Breeds: Blue egg laying breeds

Quail

  • Age:
  • Price: $5
  • Breeds: Bobwhite

Disclaimer: Ages, breeds, and prices are as of 7/14/16 and will change as sold.

Chicken Swap this Saturday, July 16th from 8am-2pm. Only 4 more to go this year! Visit our Chicken Swap page for more details. Buy, sell, or browse.

Want to sell your animals? Come down and join the other vendors! No need to register, just show up.

See a huge variety of animals, including miniature horse, donkey, goats, turkey, peacock, chickens, baby chicks, roosters, quail, pullets, and rabbits.

Update on Roosters

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting roosters for any reason. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The reason for this comes down to an issue of space. Roosters need to be separated from hens in a retail environment, but roosters tend to fight when confined together. When they fight, they need to be separated. Due to the volume of roosters we were receiving and the amount of separation needed due to fighting, we simply do not have the room. Wardle Feed works hard to provide safe and humane living arrangements for all our animals.

Our Chicks

Rest assured that our baby chicks are “sexed.” This means that our breeder goes through every chick to determine it as a male or female. By doing this, the chance that you as a consumer will receive a roosters is effectively lowered.

The alternative are “straight run chicks,” which are not sexed and sold as is. This means if you purchase 8 chicks you may end up with 8 roosters when all is said and done. We do not sell straight run chicks; that would be a disaster being in the city.

Wardle Feed makes no guarantee of our chicks being female, although it is rare that you will end up with a male from us.

It is up to the consumer to be aware of local laws regarding poultry before purchasing. It is the consumer’s responsibility to relocate their poultry lawfully in the event that they have a rooster and local law prohibits. Before purchasing, be aware that you may end up with roosters you will need to rehouse. Having a plan helps.

Unwanted Rooster?

Wardle Feed holds a chicken swap every third Saturday of the month. These swaps are free for sellers and buyers/browsers. Feel free to come down on any of these dates to try and sell your rooster. There is no need to register, just show up with him and ask around. This is a great way for people to pass off their unwanted roosters.

Another thing to consider if you are worried about ending up with a rooster is to buy pullets. Pullets are young hens under the age of 1 year. Typically, they are either laying or about to start laying. At this age you can be sure that you will not be buying a rooster. They do cost a bit more, but worth it if you don’t want to deal with getting rid of a possible rooster.

If you already have a rooster and can’t find anywhere to send him, check local feed stores and farms in your area. Craigslist is also a good idea. Just be aware of who you are passing your rooster off to, and make sure you charge a small rehousing fee when using sites like Craigslist.

Local, Raw Honey

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No preservatives, no added colors, and no added flavors. This honey is the real deal.

We only carry fresh, raw, Colorado sourced honey. It is rich in flavor and loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Pick up an affordable 1/2 pint, pint, or quart jar of honey today! Light or dark honey available.

Treat Your Chickens Right

mealwormChoose from a huge variety of poultry treats that will leave your chickens clucking with joy.

These treats are packed with good oils, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, fibers, and herbs. Benefits of these products and seeds include better egg production, healthier feathers and skin, healthier combs and wattles, better disease resistance, less stress, more energy, and higher nutrient density in your eggs (meaning healthier for you too!).

We carry a variety of treats such as whole seeds, seed mixtures, mealworms, crickets, herbs, and supplements. See below for more details!!


Whole Seeds: Grab a 10 lb bag of any of these, at the lowest prices in town! Naturally full of healthy oils, good proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Black oil sunflower seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Millet seeds
  • Corn
  • Safflower seeds
  • Milo seeds

Seed mixtures: Treat your chickens to a variety of whole and cracked seeds, with fruits and veggies mixed in. Packed with nutrients.

  • Scratch – make sure not to feed scratch in hot weather
  • Pullet Together
  • Chicken Crack™
  • Harvest Delight™
  • Garden Delight™
  • Scatter Snacks™
  • Chick Stick™

Mealworms and Crickets: These dried little bugs will have your chickens going wild. Chocked full of vitamins, fiber and great protein for your birds.

  • Various sized bags of mealworms, best prices in town!
  • Treat squares with mealworms and various seeds/fruits
  • Mealworm and cricket tubs

Herbal Treats: Your chickens will go nuts. Among other things, herbs repel pests, fight bacteria and parasites, as well as reduce inflammation and stress.

  • Luv Nest™ Herbal Blend
  • Luv Nest™ Critter Ritter
  • Luv Nest™ Chick Mix Blend
  • Luv Nest™ Nibbles Treat

Supplements: Give your chickens ultimate health with a vitamin, mineral, and probiotic supplement. A full profile of vitamins and minerals will increase the entire well-being of your flock.

  • Omega Egg Maker™
  • Vitamins and Electrolytes
  • Chick Boost Probiotic
  • Egg Boost Probiotic
  • Life Lytes™
  • Layer Boost
  • Performance Poultry
  • Durastat Essential Oils and Oregano

Don’t forget about oyster shells for healthy egg shells and poultry grit for digestion!

Nuclear Hive Pick Up

Nucs are almost here!

Nuclear Hive pick up date is May 14th.

Pick up directly from Wardle Feed, located at 7610 W 42nd Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. They will be available 8am.

Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered!

For more information on nuclear hives, click here

New to Chickens? Q & A

Thinking about getting chickens?

You have come to the right place. Wardle Feed, “Denver’s oldest feed store,” is a one-stop-shop for all your poultry needs. Live animals, food, health products, treats, equipment, coops, classes, and chicken swaps give you all the options needed to get going with and maintain your flock!

Here are some commonly asked questions from those considering poultry:

Should I raise backyard chickens?

There are a lot of good reasons to. Raising chickens is a great joy and is extremely easy if done correctly. Get fresh eggs, teach your children to take care of farm animals, be in control of how they are treated and decide what they eat or don’t eat.

It is difficult to raise chickens?

No! You will be pleasantly surprised to hear that with some maintenance, raising chickens really is a breeze.

Is it legal for me to have chickens?

Most cities in the Denver-metro area have allowed a certain number of hens. Most cities do not allow roosters. Before you buy, call your city or county or check online to verify that you can own chickens and what that maximum number is.

Should I buy babies or adults?

There’s no right answer to this but there are some things to think about. There are benefits to both. Babies will need to be warm and indoors for 8-10 weeks and if held regularly, they will probably learn to be social and friendly. Baby chicks are cheaper per bird.

Adults or pullets can go straight to the coop, no need to brood. Just be careful when introducing to your established flock as there is a pecking order with poultry and may see new chickens as a threat, potentially pecking or harming your new birds. Techniques can be used to safely introduce new chickens to your flock. Adult birds are more expensive per bird.

We sell both chicks and adult poultry.

When should I buy my chickens?

We sell chicks from February to Labor Day. The reason you want to buy no later than around Labor Day is so that they are fully feathered by the time the cold weather hits.

We try to stock young hens (pullets) year ’round.

Where does Wardle Feed get their chickens?

We get all of our poultry from Fulenwider Farm right here in Hudson, Colorado. Fulenwider has a large, local, well kept, and state of the art chicken farm. They practice humane treatment of all their animals. They are fanatics about protecting their flocks from disease so no tours are allowed at their facilities. This is to guarantee that no outside germs are transferred to their birds which could sicken or kill flocks. Their chicks are vaccinated and consistently checked for illness.

What happens if my chicks die or I end up with a rooster?

Due to the nature of poultry, a small percentage of baby chicks simply won’t make it. It is very common to lose a chick or two during your brooding process. Unfortunately, we cannot replace chicks that pass away. In order to avoid ending up with fewer birds than you want, it may be a good idea to purchase one or two more chicks than you expect to raise.

What breed should I buy?

There are lots of breeds to choose from, each with different colors and dispositions. Most are very good layers, with a few exceptions. Wardle Feed sells many different breeds throughout the year but availability depends on what has recently hatched at the Fulenwider incubators. Stop by to see what is in stock.

You may find if fun to get a few different breeds to give you some variety in your flock and possibly some different colored eggs (blue, green, brown, white, pink, chocolate). Most breeds will get along together, especially if raised as chicks.

What equipment will I need and how much will it cost?

You will be surprised at how little it costs to get started with and maintain your flock. For example, if you decide to buy four baby chicks and have no equipment or supplies, you will spend around $50-70 to get started.

Click here for a list of equipment needed.

Once your chickens are old enough to move outside, you will need to start thinking bigger. They will need a bigger waterer and feeder, they cost slightly more than chick supplies. If you decide to buy a coop, budget roughly $299-$599 for a solid, sturdy coop. We sell quality coops, just make sure that it is large enough to house the number of chicks you are purchasing. Keep in mind that chicks are small but get big quick! Ask one our employees to verify the number of chickens that will fit in our coops, as they vary in size.

When and how many eggs will I get?

At around 6 months you should start getting pullet eggs, which are slightly smaller than what they will be when your chickens are full grown. Expect on average to get around 5 eggs per chicken per week. Your chickens are eventually “molt” once a year. During this time they will stop laying eggs to grow new feathers. When their molt is complete, they will start laying eggs again.

Do I need a rooster to get eggs?

No, a rooster is only needed if you want fertilized eggs. This will allow you to hatch your own chicks (keep in mind more equipment and steps are needed to hatch chicks). Hens are bred to lay eggs and will do so for at least two years before their egg production starts to drop off. Typically a hen’s egg production peaks at two years and slows for a few years until it stops completely.

What about predators?

Foxes, coyotes, eagles, hawks and raccoons are known to eat chickens. Even some dogs, including yours, will attack your chickens. To avoid this, take precautions. Make sure your chickens roost at night in a sturdy, enclosed coop. Also make sure to have chicken wire completely surrounding your run, including on the bottom. All of the coops we sell are built by Fulenwider Farm and completely safe against predators.

What about winter time?

Chickens are comfortable in cooler weather, such as 40-50 degrees. Most breeds are cold hardy in freezing temperatures but it is important that they are able to get out of the weather. This means that they must have an enclosed but ventilated coop that they are able to access which will keep them out of the rain, snow, and wind.

Make sure that there are no cold drafts into their coop as this could be detrimental to their health. Also consider buying a water de-icer so that you aren’t breaking ice all winter long!

As far as food goes, continue to feed them normally but add some scratch or cracked corn to give them some added body heat.

How much will it cost to feed my flock?

Use a quality feed. We carry organic and non-organic products in 10-50 lb bags. It varies depending on how many chickens you have, but 4-6 chickens will eat about 50 lbs of feed a month.

Occasionally they may need oyster shells which supplies them with needed calcium if their eggs are soft and poultry grit to help them with digestion. These products will cost you less than $10 a piece.

Adding treats such as scratch, corn, flax seed, mealworms, hemp seed, vegetables, and supplement pellets will keep them happy and healthy. These products are typically very affordable.

How do I learn more about raising chickens?

Wardle Feed offers classes taught by an expert at Fulenwider Farm. This class covers absolutely everything you will need to know about raising poultry from chicks to adults. Questions encouraged!

Click here for class schedule.

Call us anytime and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will answer your questions.

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We got chicks for days.

Most other retailers have closed their brooder doors. Not us!

Take your time to get ready, they will be here until October.

Here’s a list of what you need to get going:

  • Chicks! (at least two)
  • Feeder
  • Waterer
  • Food
  • Pine shavings
  • Heat lamp
  • Heat bulb
  • Optional: Treat
  • Optional: Health Supplement

Important information about temperature and raising chicks!

Make sure you have brooder set up and at correct temperature prior to bringing chicks home. Have feeder, water, bedding, thermometer, and heat lamp set up.

  • Temperature of your brooder:
    • During the first week of age, temperature MUST be 90-95 °F
    • Decrease temperature by 5 °F each week until 6-8 weeks
    • Guide: 85-90° wk 2, 80-85° wk 3, 75-80° wk 4, 70-75° wks 5 6 7, and 65-70° min. wk 8
    • To decrease temperature, slightly raise heat lamp away from brooder
    • At 8 weeks of age they are fully feathered and are able to move to outside coop
    • Note: Temperature is very important and should be monitored regularly
  • Behavior of chicks:
    • If spread out evenly throughout brooder, chirping and active: temperature is right
    • If huddled together under heat lamp: temperature could be too cold
    • If silent and still with beaks open or panting: temperature could be too hot
  • Tips to note:
    • Make sure fresh food and water is always available
    • Make sure the brooder is cleaned regularly and free of any drafts
    • Light should be left on 24/7 during the first 8 weeks
  • Classes: There is a lot more to learn about raising poultry. For a more in-depth look, we offer classes:
    • First Tuesday evening of every month at 7PM
    • Third Saturday afternoon of every month at 2PM
    • Cost: $20 per person, children under 15 free with paying adult

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